Fight goes on for A83 cash

Argyllshire Advertiser - - NEWS -

Our reg­u­lar artist, Ann Thomas from Tar­bert, this week turns her keen eye to the Rest and be Thank­ful.

Ann’s imag­i­na­tion was clearly sparked by the name of the com­pany cur­rently man­ag­ing the route – BEAR Scot­land.

The A83 trunk road has been sub­ject to a num­ber of clo­sures over the past decade and more ow­ing to de­bris land­ing on the road, with the Scot­tish Gov­ern­ment grad­u­ally in­tro­duc­ing land­slide ‘mit­i­ga­tion’ mea­sures over many years. These come af­ter the gov­ern­ment se­lected the low­est-cost op­tion of a num­ber of en­gi­neer­ing al­ter­na­tives, in the no­to­ri­ous Ja­cobs Re­port, to im­prove this vi­tal road link.

As things stand, the mit­i­ga­tion work is head­ing for com­ple­tion, and there the in­vest­ment is likely to stop. The Ar­gyll­shire Ad­ver­tiser con­tin­ues to ask the ques­tion: why is the Scot­tish Gov­ern­ment not in­vest­ing sig­nif­i­cant (in A9, Aberdeen by­pass or Queens­ferry Cross­ing terms) sums of money in the west coast trunk roads, par­tic­u­larly to up­grade the A83?

These routes are as vi­tal to Ar­gyll and the Isles as the M8 is to the cen­tral belt or the A9 in re­la­tion to In­ver­ness.

We will con­tinue to make the point un­til our politi­cians lis­ten.

If you want to sup­port the Ar­gyll­shire Ad­ver­tiser’s argument in a vis­i­ble way, get your free ‘In­vest in the Rest’ car stick­ers at the Ar­gyll­shire Ad­ver­tiser of­fices.

Or send us a stamped ad­dressed en­ve­lope and we will send some in the post.

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